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Top Five Password Managers for Mobile and Web Users

Top Five Password Managers for Mobile and Web Users

I can attest that I have somewhere near 10 email address floating around the web, five of which I actively keep track of and actively use every day for emails. Each email having their own function, and with each one being found on at least three different clients, it’s more important than ever to keep the passwords varied in case of an email hack. However, it is very difficult to keep track of them. This is where password managers come in and save the day! Today, we will spotlight five of them.

KeePass

    The first application that we will talk about is the open-source KeePass password manager. If you aren’t familiar with what open-source is, open source software is where you have the ability to adjust the software for your own use, which is free for all to make use of.

    You don’t have to be tech savvy to make use of KeePass or any other open-source software, but it gives those who are knowledgable the resource to make it how they want it to. More specifically with KeePass, the software allows you to easily add in logging information through shortcuts on your keyboard.

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    Along with drag-and-drop features, KeePass allows you to also have passwords automatically apply to forms. Available for most platforms, KeePass could be the password manager with the most flexibility that you are looking for.

    LastPass

      I love LastPass and have made use of it from time-to-time. The reason why I have taken a liking to LastPass is because it offers a wide range of features and functionality along with a free price tag. For those who are looking for additional functionality coupled with the willingness to pay a bit more will have the ability to do that as well.

      LastPass, available on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and other mobile platforms, makes it easy to ensure that you can easily fill forms and sign-in no matter what device or service you are on or using. I first came in contact with LastPass when looking for a service that allowed me to create a one-time online password on a service that was shared. LastPass made this seamless and easy to do.

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      Let’s just say you can’t resist the option and want to plunge into premium LastPass, no problem. The $1 a month premium version allows you to do more, like no ads, priority support, and even thumb-drive authentication.

      1Password

        1Password is one of the best password managers on this list, however this is also coupled with the fact that it is the most expensive. If you are serious about password management, 1Password is the only password manager you’ll need.

        The $50 program is $10 for mobile users, $15 for iPad users. The software allows you to ensure that your passwords are synced across the connected devices, organized in a way that makes it easy to find and easier to automatically apply to the website that you are using. However, 1Password isn’t just about protecting your online life, the software also allows you to ensure that the things you are making digital (documents and scans) are all protected from prying eyes.

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        Again, I must reiterate that it’s great but expensive. If you are willing to put in the money, then do it. But it’s important to add that the benefits don’t pay off when compared to the $1 a month LastPass, for example, until about four years (when the monthly $1 fee begins to exceed the $50 one-time fee).

        SplashID

          If you haven’t caught on yet, you may need to be reminded that SplashID, like a majority of the others on the list, is cross-platform supported on Windows, iOS, Mac, etc. The password manager has all of the features we expect from a password manager, like automatic password generation, security protection, and more.

          You also have features like form completions. SplashID is a tried and tested password manager, possibly the oldest on this list (LastPass has the award for the youngest). Plus, along with a paid $20 version (after your trial period), and an iPhone version for $10, you also have a free iOS version available as well. This could be attractive to many users who are looking to find the balance of quality and affordability in one program.

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          Roboform

            The last program we will go over is Roboform. This program is an ode to our Windows readers out there. This program is available only on Windows. For this reason, the program hasn’t received many visual or performance updates lately. However, this doesn’t mean that the program is lacking, it’s actually the contrary.

            Roboform is a program that users will find themselves getting acquainted with the software in no time. Despite being focused mainly for the web, Roboform does a nice job at form completion as well as password generation.  Plus, Roboform allows you to easily make a printed form of your passwords that can be held for safe keeping.

            Roboform is available for free, however there’s a $29.95 pro version available as well.

            Featured photo credit:  lock with password on a computer via Shutterstock

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            Published on October 9, 2018

            Evernote vs OneNote: Which Improves Your Productivity Better?

            Evernote vs OneNote: Which Improves Your Productivity Better?

            Note-taking is useful in helping improve your memory and increase your productivity at work. By writing down notes, you have something tangible you can refer back to, remember what needs to be done, and regain control of your work throughout the day.

            There are thousands of different note-taking apps you can use on your desktop or mobile device. The two most popular are Evernote and Microsoft OneNote because they are incredibly efficient and effective that each has a following of extremely loyal users and advocates.

            So if it comes to Evernote vs OneNote, how do they improve productivity?

            An overview of Evernote and OneNote

            First, an introduction to the two platforms. Evernote is an app that lets you store content, take down notes, write lists, and organize all of them. While these are stored in Notebooks, the whole concept behind this productivity app is more like a Universal Inbox where you can save everything you’ve collected so you can quickly find it when you need them through the use of tags.

            Microsoft’s OneNote, on the other hand, works very much like a digital version of the notebooks you used to carry around in school. Aside from storing all your notes and different types of content you’ve collected, you can also organize them into sections, pages, and containers.

            Each of these apps offers their users a host of features to help them improve their productivity and memory. Also, because no app is perfect, each also has their strengths and limitations.

            To get a better idea of which app will be your best choice, we’ll be comparing the two based on three key features most used by their users: collecting information, note-taking, and mobility.

            Collecting information

            Both the OneNote and Evernote come with their own web clipper extension that allows you to quickly collect and store information from different websites as you find them.

            Both give you the option to choose whether you’d like to save the entire web page as is, a simplified version without the ads, or just a section of the page. You can also add some notes before saving them to make it easier for you to remember why you “clipped” that particular resource.

            Since OneNote gives you more structure to organize your content, its web clipper allows you to choose not just which notebook to save the details, but also what section within the notebook.

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              Source: OneNote.com

              Evernote gives you the option to add tags to your web clippings before you save it, so it’s easier for you to search for it later.

              Premium users get access to Evernote’s Related Results feature located in its Options section. When you search on Google, Evernote will launch a secondary search that will show all the notes related to the keyword you used in searching for information.

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                This feature, according to Jeremy Skillings, President of Youcanbefound.com, is beneficial because it lets you know what information you already have stored in your notes.

                “In some cases whenever I do my research, I find out through this feature that I already have the exact information I need stored in my Evernote account. That alone cuts back a significant amount of the time I spend on projects.”

                Note-taking

                Both of these productivity apps allow you to create and format your notes to create rich documents. Among these features include changing the font size and color, adding tables, and inserting media files.

                Evernote’s note-taking features are very similar to a Word document in that it’s very structured concerning how you input your notes.

                  Professionals who need to be able to build and access well-structured docs in the field make up much of Evernote’s loyal fanbase. One such 2-year user in the real estate field, Anthony Gilbert of RealFX.com, liked the formatting options, but admitted that there were still some downsides to the rigidly formatted approach.

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                  While he enjoyed the features, his personal experience with using it in the field revealed that the formatting features,“mean that if you need to change parts of your notes around, it can get tedious”. He continued, “the formatting features are quite finicky, so you may need a bit of patience to get the end results you are looking for.”

                  Professionals who need to be able to build and access well-structured docs in the field make up much of Evernote’s loyal fanbase. One such 2-year user in the real estate field, Anthony Gilbertof RealFX.com, liked the formatting options, but admitted that there were still some downsides to the rigidly formatted approach.

                  Structuring your notes properly from the get-go can have an effect on your productivity. A blank slate can sometimes be puzzling. Evernote allows the ability to use battle-tested templates and workflows that save you time. They can provide inspiration and structure on what’s possible.

                  On the other hand, OneNote gives its users more versatility and flexibility in the way notes are created. You can click at any area of the page and begin typing. If you need to move things around, you can drag and drop sections of your notes to the right place.

                  On the other hand, OneNote gives its users more versatility and flexibility in the way you create your notes. You can click at any area of the page and begin typing. If you need to move things around, you can drag and drop sections of your notes to the right place.

                    Source: Lifehacker

                    Also, it gives you the option to create Templates that you can use to layout your page properly, so all you’ll need to do is to fill in the information.

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                      This is a particularly handy feature that stood out to many of the people who shared their love of OneNote with me. Steve Lionais, longtime user and Co-Founder & CEO of Dr-Bill.ca, claims that this feature helped him build his business by affecting his memory in a powerful and helpful way.

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                      “This [feature] is what makes OneNote great memory retention app,” he said of the templates. “I find that I remember things more when they are arranged in a certain way. OneNote allowed me to do that for my meeting and presentation notes, so I don’t have to spend a lot of time trying to find the next point!”

                      However, what really makes OneNote the winner of this round is its ability to allow you to embed media files from other sources like Youtube. In addition to including the link, OneNote launches a media player, allowing you to watch the video or listen to the audio file directly from the page where you saved it.

                        Source: Windows Central

                        Mobility

                        Evernote and OneNote can be used both on desktops and mobile devices. At the same time, they provide their users with the ability to sync the content from one device to the other.

                        Judging which of the two productivity apps is best here is quite tricky because it greatly depends on several factors. One of these is the operating software you use.

                        Many of the power users we asked were using iOS, and that put some points toward Evernote. Greg Reese of AmeriEstate.com found himself frequently using the built-in camera option (and other iOS integrations) to manage his daily duties as President.

                          Evernote’s camera also integrates with Post-It, Moleskin notebook pages, and business cards. When you take a photo of any of these, the camera will capture the information and format this for Evernote so that it’s quick to find it when you search.

                          OneNote, on the other hand, dominates the Android environment. In addition to the app, Android users will also find a OneNote floating badge on the side of the home screen. So you can take notes on the go very quickly.

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                            Source: MS Power User

                            Another factor to consider is the cloud storage you use. For you to sync OneNote across different devices, you’ll need to first set up an account with OneDrive, which is Microsoft’s cloud storage service.

                            “This is something that Evernote users like me don’t have to worry about,” according to Matt Willens, Head Attorney for Willens Law Offices. “Whether you use a free account or one of their paid plans, you can immediately sync your devices without having to get a separate cloud storage account.”

                            The drawback here is the amount of storage and number of devices that you can sync. Free users are only given 60MB of storage space and can sync up to two devices. If you need more storage space, you’ll have to get the paid plans.

                            Which app is better for improving memory and productivity?

                            The honest—and most straightforward—answer is:

                            It depends on you.

                            While Evernote and OneNote have their strengths and weaknesses, how well it will help improve productivity and memory greatly depends on what works best for you.

                            If you find that you’re able to work best and remember things more using visual cues, OneNote will be the best productivity app to use. However, if you consider the speed and ease of finding the information you need as your top priority, Evernote will be your best option.

                            Since both productivity apps have free versions, you can give both a try and see where you’re most comfortable. In the end, the right productivity app to use is one that complements the way you work and do things rather than dictating to you how you should get them done.

                            Featured photo credit: Yura Fresh via unsplash.com

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